Morning Read: Romney Wins; Lasher Leaves; Game On In PA’s Race

Mitt Romney won big last night in three primaries. 

The sniping has already begun in the public advocate’s race, with Tish James wondering about Reshma Saujani’s commitment to electing women in high office, considering she ran against another woman, Carolyn Maloney, last year.

Is Grace Meng trying to hide the fact that she is Asian?

Dan Garodnick declared for the comptroller’s race, saying the city needed an office free of distractions. 

A new group designed to counter the teachers unions and led by top Bloomberg aide Micah Lasher is gearing up  for 2013.

Staten Island and Brooklyn conservatives are lining up behind Michael Grimm. 

Mark Weprin signed on for paid sick leave, making him the second speaker contender to do so. 

LATFOR’s budget remains with money left over. 

Lawmakers in Albany are considering giving themselves a pay raise. 

Mayor Bloomberg pushed back over a long-delayed report that says the city’s 911 dispatch system is flailing.

Christine Quinn pledged additional hearings on the matter. 

Andrew Coates op-eds in the T-U  that “Cuomo’s budget policies will help him establish a millionaire-friendly launching pad for a shot at the White House. But his budget amounts to little more than trickle-down economics: horse droppings, not the progressive public policy New Yorkers expect.”

Cuomo did unveil a $1.2 billion infrastructure plan, including $460 million to replace the Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens.

Joe Lhota said that there will not a 7 train to New Jersey “in our lifetime.”

Memo to Andrew Cuomo, Kirsten Gillibrand  and Sheldon Silver: Tom DiNapoli has some money for you. For real.

Westchester County and the federal government are embroiled in a dispute over an affordable housing plan. 

One person is killed and four were injured during a crane collapse on the west side.

There is a fight brewing in Albany over whether or not an upper east church/catering hall should have a liquor license. 

The city of Albany will pay $70,000 to the Times Union to cover the newspaper’s legal costs in a multiyear court battle to obtain records on dismissed parking tickets.

Thailand has banned productions of Macbeth over concern that the play will inflame political passions.